Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Sunday Pakistan, where ancient Indian civilization thrived, didn’t call itself Bharat because the word exuded a Hindutva flavour.
Hindutva was the fuel that sustained India whose strength was diversity, the RSS chief said at the Luitporiya Hindu Sammelan, a confluence of Hindus living on the banks of river Brahmaputra in Guwahati.
“Bharat will exist as long as Hindutva, the country’s essence exists. Ancient Indian civilizations prospered in present-day Pakistan, which did not name itself Bharat because the Bharat word radiates Hindutva,” Bhagwat said.
The RSS conclave, said to be its biggest in the Northeast, comes a few weeks ahead of polling in three states of the region. Tripura votes on February 18 and Meghalaya and Nagaland on February 27.
The RSS is the ideological parent of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
“India forgot its enmity with Pakistan on August 15, 1947, but Pakistan has not,” he said as he went on to explain Hindutva as a philosophy beyond Hinduism.